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Journal Cover Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
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  • Stability and asymptotics in nematic liquid crystals under a small
           Dirichlet data and a non-constant magnetic field
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 January 2015
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 290
      Author(s): Junichi Aramaki
      We consider the stability of a critical point and asymptotics of the minimizers of the free energy functional with a small Dirichlet boundary data under a non-constant exterior magnetic field in nematic liquid crystals. In the author’s previous papers, we studied the stability of a critical point under the more general hypotheses but we had to assume the curl-free condition on the critical point for technical reason. However, in this paper, without the curl-free condition, we can get the similar result in the special case where the elastic coefficients are equal.

      PubDate: 2014-10-12T16:05:02Z
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 November 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 288

      PubDate: 2014-10-07T19:42:14Z
  • Slowly varying control parameters, delayed bifurcations, and the stability
           of spikes in reaction–diffusion systems
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): J.C. Tzou , M.J. Ward , T. Kolokolnikov
      We present three examples of delayed bifurcations for spike solutions of reaction–diffusion systems. The delay effect results as the system passes slowly from a stable to an unstable regime, and was previously analyzed in the context of ODE’s in Mandel and Erneux (1987). It was found that the instability would not be fully realized until the system had entered well into the unstable regime. The bifurcation is said to have been “delayed” relative to the threshold value computed directly from a linear stability analysis. In contrast to the study of Mandel and Erneux, we analyze the delay effect in systems of partial differential equations (PDE’s). In particular, for spike solutions of singularly perturbed generalized Gierer-Meinhardt and Gray-Scott models, we analyze three examples of delay resulting from slow passage into regimes of oscillatory and competition instability. In the first example, for the Gierer-Meinhardt model on the infinite real line, we analyze the delay resulting from slowly tuning a control parameter through a Hopf bifurcation. In the second example, we consider a Hopf bifurcation of the Gierer-Meinhardt model on a finite one-dimensional domain. In this scenario, as opposed to the extrinsic tuning of a system parameter through a bifurcation value, we analyze the delay of a bifurcation triggered by slow intrinsic dynamics of the PDE system. In the third example, we consider competition instabilities triggered by the extrinsic tuning of a feed rate parameter. In all three cases, we find that the system must pass well into the unstable regime before the onset of instability is fully observed, indicating delay. We also find that delay has an important effect on the eventual dynamics of the system in the unstable regime. We give analytic predictions for the magnitude of the delays as obtained through the analysis of certain explicitly solvable nonlocal eigenvalue problems (NLEP’s). The theory is confirmed by numerical solutions of the full PDE systems.

      PubDate: 2014-10-07T19:42:14Z
  • Dynamics and bifurcations in a Dn-symmetric Hamiltonian network.
           Application to coupled gyroscopes
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 28 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Pietro-Luciano Buono , Bernard S. Chan , Antonio Palacios , Visarath In
      The advent of novel engineered or smart materials, whose properties can be significantly altered in a controlled fashion by external stimuli, has stimulated the design and fabrication of smaller, faster, and more energy-efficient devices. As the need for even more powerful devices grows, networks have become popular alternatives to advance the fundamental limits of performance of individual units. In many cases, the collective rhythmic behavior of a network can be studied through the classical theory of nonlinear oscillators or through the more recent development of the coupled cell formalism. However, the current theory does not account yet for networks in which cells, or individual units, possess a Hamiltonian structure. One such example is a ring array of vibratory gyroscopes, where certain network topologies favor stable synchronized oscillations. Previous perturbation-based studies have shown that synchronized oscillations may, in principle, increase performance by reducing phase drift. The governing equations for larger array sizes are, however, not amenable to similar analysis. To circumvent this problem, the model equations are now reformulated in a Hamiltonian structure and the corresponding normal forms are derived. Through a normal form analysis, we investigate the effects of various coupling schemes and unravel the nature of the bifurcations that lead a ring of gyroscopes of any size into and out of synchronization. The Hamiltonian approach can, in principle, be readily extended to other symmetry-related systems.

      PubDate: 2014-10-02T19:28:32Z
  • Numerical bifurcation analysis of the bipedal spring-mass model
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Andreas Merker , Dieter Kaiser , Martin Hermann
      The spring-mass model and its numerous extensions are currently one of the best candidates for templates of human and animal locomotion. However, with increasing complexity, their applications can become very time-consuming. In this paper, we present an approach that is based on the calculation of bifurcations in the bipedal spring-mass model for walking. Since the bifurcations limit the region of stable walking, locomotion can be studied by computing the corresponding boundaries. Originally, the model was implemented as a hybrid dynamical system. Our new approach consists of the transformation of the series of initial value problems on different intervals into a single boundary value problem. Using this technique, discontinuities can be avoided and sophisticated numerical methods for studying parametrized nonlinear boundary value problems can be applied. Thus, appropriate extended systems are used to compute transcritical and period-doubling bifurcation points as well as turning points. We show that the resulting boundary value problems can be solved by the simple shooting method with sufficient accuracy, making the application of the more extensive multiple shooting superfluous. The proposed approach is fast, robust to numerical perturbations and allows determining complete manifolds of periodic solutions of the original problem.

      PubDate: 2014-10-02T19:28:32Z
  • Dimensionality reduction of collective motion by principal manifolds
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Kelum Gajamannage , Sachit Butail , Maurizio Porfiri , Erik M. Bollt
      While the existence of low-dimensional embedding manifolds has been shown in patterns of collective motion, the current battery of nonlinear dimensionality reduction methods are not amenable to the analysis of such manifolds. This is mainly due to the necessary spectral decomposition step, which limits control over the mapping from the original high-dimensional space to the embedding space. Here, we propose an alternative approach that demands a two-dimensional embedding which topologically summarizes the high-dimensional data. In this sense, our approach is closely related to the construction of one-dimensional principal curves that minimize orthogonal error to data points subject to smoothness constraints. Specifically, we construct a two-dimensional principal manifold directly in the high-dimensional space using cubic smoothing splines, and define the embedding coordinates in terms of geodesic distances. Thus, the mapping from the high-dimensional data to the manifold is defined in terms of local coordinates. Through representative examples, we show that compared to existing nonlinear dimensionality reduction methods, the principal manifold retains the original structure even in noisy and sparse datasets. The principal manifold finding algorithm is applied to configurations obtained from a dynamical system of multiple agents simulating a complex maneuver called predator mobbing, and the resulting two-dimensional embedding is compared with that of a well-established nonlinear dimensionality reduction method.

      PubDate: 2014-10-02T19:28:32Z
  • Modeling disease transmission near eradication: An equation free approach
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Matthew O. Williams , Joshua Proctor , J. Nathan Kutz
      Although disease transmission in the near eradication regime is inherently stochastic, deterministic quantities such as the probability of eradication are of interest to policy makers and researchers. Rather than running large ensembles of discrete stochastic simulations over long intervals in time to compute these deterministic quantities, we create a data-driven and deterministic “coarse” model for them using the Equation Free (EF) framework. In lieu of deriving an explicit coarse model, the EF framework approximates any needed information, such as coarse time derivatives, by running short computational experiments. However, the choice of the coarse variables (i.e., the state of the coarse system) is critical if the resulting model is to be accurate. In this manuscript, we propose a set of coarse variables that result in an accurate model in the endemic and near eradication regimes, and demonstrate this on a compartmental model representing the spread of Poliomyelitis. When combined with adaptive time-stepping coarse projective integrators, this approach can yield over a factor of two speedup compared to direct simulation, and due to its lower dimensionality, could be beneficial when conducting systems level tasks such as designing eradication or monitoring campaigns.

      PubDate: 2014-10-02T19:28:32Z
  • Asymptotics in a family of linked strip maps
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 2 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Heather Reeve-Black , Franco Vivaldi
      We apply round-off to planar rotations, obtaining a one-parameter family of invertible maps of a two-dimensional lattice. As the angle of rotation approaches π / 2 , the fourth iterate of the map produces piecewise-rectilinear motion, which develops along the sides of convex polygons. We characterise the dynamics–which resembles outer billiards of polygons–as the concatenation of so-called strip maps, each providing an elementary perturbation of an underlying integrable system. Significantly, there are orbits which are subject to an arbitrarily large number of these perturbations during a single revolution, resulting in the appearance of a novel discrete-space version of near-integrable Hamiltonian dynamics. We study the asymptotic regime of the limiting integrable system analytically, and numerically some features of its very rich near-integrable dynamics. We unveil a dichotomy: there is one regime in which the nonlinearity tends to zero, and a second where it doesn’t. In the latter case, numerical experiments suggest that the distribution of the periods of orbits is consistent with that of random dynamics; in the former case the fluctuations result in an intricate structure of resonances.

      PubDate: 2014-10-02T19:28:32Z
  • Attractors of non-autonomous stochastic lattice systems in weighted spaces
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Peter W. Bates , Kening Lu , Bixiang Wang
      We study the asymptotic behavior of solutions to a class of non-autonomous stochastic lattice systems driven by multiplicative white noise. We prove the existence and uniqueness of tempered random attractors in a weighted space containing all bounded sequences, and establish the upper semicontinuity of random attractors as the intensity of noise approaches zero. We also construct maximal and minimal tempered random complete solutions which bound the attractors from above and below, respectively. When deterministic external forcing terms are periodic in time, we show the random attractors are pathwise periodic. In addition, we exhibit a non-autonomous stochastic lattice system which possesses an infinite-dimensional tempered random attractor.

      PubDate: 2014-09-21T18:46:24Z
  • The Kuramoto model of coupled oscillators with a bi-harmonic coupling
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): M. Komarov , A. Pikovsky
      We study synchronization in a Kuramoto model of globally coupled phase oscillators with a bi-harmonic coupling function, in the thermodynamic limit of large populations. We develop a method for an analytic solution of self-consistent equations describing uniformly rotating complex order parameters, both for single-branch (one possible state of locked oscillators) and multi-branch (two possible values of locked phases) entrainment. We show that synchronous states coexist with the neutrally linearly stable asynchronous regime. The latter has a finite life time for finite ensembles, this time grows with the ensemble size as a power law.

      PubDate: 2014-09-17T18:31:06Z
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volumes 286–287

      PubDate: 2014-09-12T18:17:12Z
  • Bifurcation boundaries of three-frequency quasi-periodic oscillations in
           discrete-time dynamical system
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Kyohei Kamiyama , Naohiko Inaba , Munehisa Sekikawa , Tetsuro Endo
      This report presents an extensive investigation of bifurcations of quasi-periodic oscillations based on an analysis of a coupled delayed logistic map. This map generates an invariant two-torus (IT 2 ) that corresponds to a three-torus in vector fields. We illustrate detailed Lyapunov diagrams and, by observing attractors, derive a quasi-periodic saddle-node (QSN) bifurcation boundary with a precision of 1 0 − 9 . We derive a stable invariant one-torus (IT 1 ) and a saddle IT 1 , which correspond to a stable two-torus and a saddle two-torus in vector fields, respectively. We confirmed that the QSN bifurcation boundary coincides with a saddle-node bifurcation point of a stable IT 1 and a saddle IT 1 . Our major concern in this study is whether the qualitative transition from an IT 1 to an IT 2 via QSN bifurcations includes phase-locking. We prove with a precision of 1 0 − 9 that there is no resonance at the bifurcation point.

      PubDate: 2014-09-12T18:17:12Z
  • Weak convergence of marked point processes generated by crossings of
           multivariate jump processes. Applications to neural network modeling
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 6 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): M. Tamborrino , L. Sacerdote , M. Jacobsen
      We consider the multivariate point process determined by the crossing times of the components of a multivariate jump process through a multivariate boundary, assuming to reset each component to an initial value after its boundary crossing. We prove that this point process converges weakly to the point process determined by the crossing times of the limit process. This holds for both diffusion and deterministic limit processes. The almost sure convergence of the first passage times under the almost sure convergence of the processes is also proved. The particular case of a multivariate Stein process converging to a multivariate Ornstein–Uhlenbeck process is discussed as a guideline for applying diffusion limits for jump processes. We apply our theoretical findings to neural network modeling. The proposed model gives a mathematical foundation to the generalization of the class of Leaky Integrate-and-Fire models for single neural dynamics to the case of a firing network of neurons. This will help future study of dependent spike trains.

      PubDate: 2014-09-08T18:08:30Z
  • On the influence of microscopic architecture elements to the global
           viscoelastic properties of soft biological tissue
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 8 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Oleg Posnansky
      In this work we introduce a 2D minimal model of random scale-invariant network structures embedded in a matrix to study the influence of microscopic architecture elements on the viscoelastic behavior of soft biological tissue. Viscoelastic properties at a microscale are modeled by a cohort of basic elements with varying complexity integrated into multi-hierarchic lattice obeying self-similar geometry. It is found that this hierarchy of structure elements yields a global nonlinear frequency dependent complex-valued shear modulus. In the dynamic range of external frequency load, the modeled shear modulus proved sensitive to the network concentration and viscoelastic characteristics of basic elements. The proposed model provides a theoretical framework for the interpretation of dynamic viscoelastic parameters in the context of microstructural variations under different conditions.

      PubDate: 2014-09-08T18:08:30Z
  • Thermo-galvanometric instabilities in magnetized plasma disks
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 26 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Alessio Franco , Giovanni Montani , Nakia Carlevaro
      In this work, we present a linear stability analysis of fully-ionized rotating plasma disks with a temperature gradient and a sub-thermal background magnetic field (oriented towards the axial direction). We describe how the plasma reacts when galvanometric and thermo-magnetic phenomena, such as Hall and Nernst-Ettingshausen effects, are taken into account, and meridian perturbations of the plasma are considered. It is shown how, in the ideal case, this leads to a significant overlap of the Magneto-rotational Instability and the Thermo-magnetic one. Considering dissipative effects, an overall damping of the unstable modes, although not sufficient to fully suppress the instability, appears especially in the thermo-magnetic related branch of the curve.

      PubDate: 2014-09-02T17:42:41Z
  • Corrigendum to “Isostables, isochrons, and Koopman spectrum for the
           action-angle representation of stable fixed point dynamics” [Physica
           D 261 (2013) 19–30]
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 22 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): A. Mauroy , I. Mezić , J. Moehlis

      PubDate: 2014-09-02T17:42:41Z
  • Quasiperiodicity and phase locking in stochastic circle maps: A spectral
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Alla Borisyuk , Firas Rassoul-Agha
      While there are clear definitions of what it means for a deterministic dynamical system to be periodic, quasiperiodic, or chaotic, it is unclear how to define such notions for a noisy system. In this article, we study Markov chains on the circle, which is a natural stochastic analogue of deterministic dynamical systems. The main tool is spectral analysis of the transition operator of the Markov chain. We analyze path-wise dynamic properties of the Markov chain, such as stochastic periodicity (or phase locking) and stochastic quasiperiodicity, and show how these properties are read off of the geometry of the spectrum of the transition operator.

      PubDate: 2014-08-16T17:21:01Z
  • Impact of network connectivity on the synchronization and global dynamics
           of coupled systems of differential equations
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 12 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Peng Du , Michael Y. Li
      The global dynamics of coupled systems of differential equations defined on an interaction network are investigated. Local dynamics at each vertex, when interactions are absent, are assumed to be simple: solutions to each vertex system are assumed to converge to an equilibrium, either on the boundary or in the interior of the feasible region. The interest is to investigate the collective behaviours of the coupled system when interactions among vertex systems are present. It was shown in Li and Shuai (2010) that, if the interaction network is strongly connected, then solutions to the coupled system synchronize at a single equilibrium. We focus on the case when the underlying network is not strongly connected and the coupled system may have mixed equilibria whose coordinates are in the interior at some vertices while on the boundary at others. We show that solutions on a strongly connected component of the network will synchronize. Considering a condensed digraph by collapsing each strongly connected component, we are able to introduce a partial order on the set P of all equilibria, and show that all solutions of the coupled system converge to a unique equilibrium P ∗ that is the maximizer in P . We further establish that behaviours of the coupled system at minimal elements of the condensed digraph determine whether the global limit P ∗ is a mixed equilibrium. The theory are applied to mathematical models from epidemiology and spatial ecology.

      PubDate: 2014-08-16T17:21:01Z
  • Optimal entrainment with smooth, pulse, and square signals in weakly
           forced nonlinear oscillators
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Hisa-Aki Tanaka
      A physical limit of entrainability of nonlinear oscillators is considered for an external weak signal (forcing). This limit of entrainability is characterized by the optimization problem maximizing the width of the Arnold tongue (the frequency-locking range vs forcing magnitude) under certain practical constraints. Here we show a solution to this optimization problem, thanks to a direct link to Hölder’s inequality. This solution defines an ideal forcing realizing the entrainment limit, and as the result, a fundamental limit of entrainment is clarified as follows. For 1 : 1 entrainment, we obtain (i) a construction of the global optimal forcing and a condition for its uniqueness in L p -space with p > 1 , and (ii) a construction of the global optimal pulse-like forcings in L 1 -space, and for m : n entrainment ( m ≠ n ), some informations about the non-existence of the ideal forcing. (iii) In addition, we establish definite algorithms for obtaining the global optimal forcings for 1 < p ≤ ∞ and these pulse-like forcings for p = 1 . These theoretical findings are verified by systematic, extensive numerical calculations and simulations.

      PubDate: 2014-08-16T17:21:01Z
  • From synchronisation to persistent optical turbulence in laser arrays
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 4 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Nicholas Blackbeard , Sebastian Wieczorek , Hartmut Erzgräber , Partha Sharathi Dutta
      We define and study synchronisation in a linear array of nearest-neighbour coupled lasers. Our focus is on possible synchronisation types and the stability of their corresponding synchronisation manifolds with dependence on the coupling strength, the laser frequency detuning, the amount of shear (amplitude-phase coupling) in a single laser, and the array size. We classify, and give analytical conditions for the existence of complete synchronisation solutions, where all the lasers emit light with the same intensity and frequency. Furthermore, we derive stability criteria for two special cases where all the lasers oscillate (i) in-phase with each other and (ii) in anti-phase with their nearest neighbour(s). We then explain transitions from complete synchronisation, to partial synchronisation (where only a subset of the lasers synchronise), to persistent optical turbulence (where no lasers synchronise and each laser is chaotic) in terms of bifurcations including blowouts of chaotic attractors. Finally, we quantify properties of optical turbulence using Lyapunov spectrum and dimension, which highlights differences in chaos generated by nearest-neighbour and globally coupled oscillators.

      PubDate: 2014-08-06T17:17:20Z
  • Quasi-periodic solutions for quasi-periodically forced nonlinear
           Schrödinger equations with quasi-periodic inhomogeneous terms
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Jie Rui , Jianguo Si
      In this paper, it is shown that there exist many small amplitude quasi-periodic solutions for non-autonomous, quasi-periodically forced in time nonlinear Schrödinger equations with quasi-periodic inhomogeneous terms, under periodic spatial boundary conditions, via KAM theory.

      PubDate: 2014-08-02T17:16:38Z
  • Analysis of a temperature-dependent model for adhesive contact with
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 1 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Elena Bonetti , Giovanna Bonfanti , Riccarda Rossi
      We propose a model for (unilateral) contact with adhesion between a viscoelastic body and a rigid support, encompassing thermal and frictional effects. Following Frémond’s approach, adhesion is described in terms of a surface damage parameter χ . The related equations are the (quasistatic) momentum balance for the vector of displacements, and parabolic-type evolution equations for χ , and for the absolute temperatures of the body and of the adhesive substance on the contact surface. All of the constraints on the internal variables, as well as the contact and the friction conditions, are rendered by means of subdifferential operators. Furthermore, the temperature equations, derived from an entropy balance law, feature singular functions. Therefore, the resulting PDE system has a highly nonlinear character. After introducing a suitable regularization of the Coulomb law for dry friction, we address the analysis of the resulting PDE system. The main result of the paper states the existence of global-in-time solutions to the associated Cauchy problem. It is proved by passing to the limit in a carefully tailored approximate problem, via variational techniques.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • The inviscid, compressible and rotational, 2D isotropic Burgers and
           pressureless Euler–Coriolis fluids; solvable models with
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Ph. Choquard , M. Vuffray
      The coupling between dilatation and vorticity, two coexisting and fundamental processes in fluid dynamics Wu et al. (2006, pp. 3, 6) is investigated here, in the simplest cases of inviscid 2D isotropic Burgers and pressureless Euler–Coriolis fluids respectively modeled by single vortices confined in compressible, local, inertial and global, rotating, environments. The field equations are established, inductively, starting from the equations of the characteristics solved with an initial Helmholtz decomposition of the velocity fields namely a vorticity free and a divergence free part Wu et al. (2006, Sects. 2.3.2, 2.3.3) and, deductively, by means of a canonical Hamiltonian Clebsch like formalism Clebsch (1857, 1859), implying two pairs of conjugate variables. Two vector valued fields are constants of the motion: the velocity field in the Burgers case and the momentum field per unit mass in the Euler–Coriolis one. Taking advantage of this property, a class of solutions for the mass densities of the fluids is given by the Jacobian of their sum with respect to the actual coordinates. Implementation of the isotropy hypothesis entails a radial dependence of the velocity potentials and of the stream functions associated to the compressible and to the rotational part of the fluids and results in the cancellation of the dilatation-rotational cross terms in the Jacobian. A simple expression is obtained for all the radially symmetric Jacobians occurring in the theory. Representative examples of regular and singular solutions are shown and the competition between dilatation and vorticity is illustrated. Inspired by thermodynamical, mean field theoretical analogies, a genuine variational formula is proposed which yields unique measure solutions for the radially symmetric fluid densities investigated. We stress that this variational formula, unlike the Hopf-Lax formula, enables us to treat systems which are both compressible and rotational. Moreover in the one-dimensional case, we show for an interesting application that both variational formulas are equivalent.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Binocular rivalry waves in a directionally selective neural field model
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Samuel R. Carroll , Paul C. Bressloff
      We extend a neural field model of binocular rivalry waves in the visual cortex to incorporate direction selectivity of moving stimuli. For each eye, we consider a one-dimensional network of neurons that respond maximally to a fixed orientation and speed of a grating stimulus. Recurrent connections within each one-dimensional network are taken to be excitatory and asymmetric, where the asymmetry captures the direction and speed of the moving stimuli. Connections between the two networks are taken to be inhibitory (cross-inhibition). As per previous studies, we incorporate slow adaption as a symmetry breaking mechanism that allows waves to propagate. We derive an analytical expression for traveling wave solutions of the neural field equations, as well as an implicit equation for the wave speed as a function of neurophysiological parameters, and analyze their stability. Most importantly, we show that propagation of traveling waves are faster in the direction of stimulus motion than against it, which is in agreement with previous experimental and computational studies.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Transient behavior of collapsing ring solutions in the critical nonlinear
           Schrödinger equation
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 284
      Author(s): Jordan Allen-Flowers , Karl B. Glasner
      The critical nonlinear Schrödinger equation (NLS) possesses nearly self-similar ring profile solutions. We address the question of whether this profile is maintained all the way until the point of singularity. A perturbative analysis of the rescaled PDE and the resulting self-similar profile uncover slow dynamics that eventually drive the ring structure to the classical peak-shaped collapse instead. A numerical scheme capable of resolving self-similar behavior to high resolutions confirms our analysis. We also consider ring-type blowup arising either from azimuthally polarized solutions of a coupled NLS system or as vortex solutions of the usual NLS. In this case, the ring profile is maintained up to the time of singularity.

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  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 August 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 283

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Nonautonomous analysis of steady Korteweg–de Vries waves under
           nonlocalised forcing
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 17 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Sanjeeva Balasuriya , Benjamin J. Binder
      Recently developed nonautonomous dynamical systems theory is applied to quantify the effect of bottom topography variation on steady surface waves governed by the Korteweg–de Vries (KdV) equation. Arbitrary (but small) nonlocalised bottom topographies are amenable to this method. Two classes of free surface solutions—hyperbolic and homoclinic solutions of the associated augmented dynamical system—are characterised. The first of these corresponds to near-uniform free-surface flows, and explicit formulæ are developed for a range of topographies. The second corresponds to solitary waves on the free surface, and a method for determining their number is developed. Formulæ for the shape of these solitary waves are also obtained. Theoretical free-surface profiles are verified using numerical KdV solutions, and excellent agreement is obtained.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Spatial structure of Sinai–Ruelle–Bowen measures
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 October 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 285
      Author(s): N. Chernov , A. Korepanov
      Sinai–Ruelle–Bowen measures are the only physically observable invariant measures for billiard dynamical systems under small perturbations. These measures are singular, but as it was noted in Bonetto et al. (2012), marginal distributions of spatial and angular coordinates are absolutely continuous. We generalize these facts and provide full mathematical proofs.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Homoclinic complexity in the localised buckling of an extensible
           conducting rod in a uniform magnetic field
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 September 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 284
      Author(s): Caifa Guo , G.H.M. van der Heijden , Hong Cai
      We study the localised buckling of an extensible conducting rod subjected to end loads and placed in a uniform magnetic field. The trivial straight but twisted rod is described by a fixed point of a four-dimensional Hamiltonian system of equations previously shown to be chaotic. Localised solutions are given by homoclinic orbits to this fixed point and we explore the spatial complexity of localised rod configurations by means of shooting and parameter continuation methods that exploit the reversibility of the system of equations. Unlike in localisation studies of non-magnetic rods we find that for certain parameter values multiple Hamiltonian–Hopf bifurcations occur. Where these collide as parameters are varied, solutions exhibit delocalisation–relocalisation behaviour. Our results predict buckling instabilities and post-buckling behaviour of rods under combined mechanical and magnetic loads, which are relevant for electrodynamic space tethers and potentially for conducting nanowires in future electromechanical devices.

      PubDate: 2014-07-28T17:15:45Z
  • Growth-induced blisters in a circular tube
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 5 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): R. De Pascalis , G. Napoli , S.S. Turzi
      The growth of an elastic film adhered to a confining substrate might lead to the formation of delimitation blisters. Many results have been derived when the substrate is flat. The equilibrium shapes, beyond small deformations, are determined by the interplay between the sheet elastic energy and the adhesion potential due to capillarity. Here, we study a non-trivial generalization to this problem and consider the adhesion of a growing elastic loop to a confining circular substrate. The fundamental equations, i.e., the Euler Elastica equation, the boundary conditions and the transversality condition, are derived from a variational procedure. In contrast to the planar case, the curvature of the delimiting wall appears in the transversality condition, thus acting as a further source of adhesion. We provide the analytic solution to the problem under study in terms of elliptic integrals and perform the numerical and the asymptotic analysis of the characteristic lengths of the blister. Finally, and in contrast to previous studies, we also discuss the mechanics and the internal stresses in the case of vanishing adhesion. Specifically, we give a theoretical explanation to the observed divergence of the mean pressure exerted by the strip on the container in the limit of small excess-length.
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      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Quantifying force networks in particulate systems
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 9 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Miroslav Kramár , Arnaud Goullet , Lou Kondic , Konstantin Mischaikow
      We present mathematical models based on persistent homology for analyzing force distributions in particulate systems. We define three distinct chain complexes of these distributions: digital, position, and interaction, motivated by different types of data that may be available from experiments and simulations, e.g. digital images, location of the particles, and the forces between particles, respectively. We describe how algebraic topology, in particular, homology allows one to obtain algebraic representations of the geometry captured by these complexes. For each complex we define an associated force network from which persistent homology is computed. Using numerical data obtained from discrete element simulations of a system of particles undergoing slow compression, we demonstrate how persistent homology can be used to compare the force distributions in different systems, and discuss the differences between the properties of digital, position, and interaction force networks. To conclude, we formulate well-defined measures quantifying differences between force networks corresponding to different states of a system, and therefore allow to analyze in precise terms dynamical properties of force networks.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Nonlinear chains inside walls
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): D. Hennig , C. Mulhern
      The conservative dynamics of a 1D chain of units coupled with (FPU type) nonlinear interactions is considered. Stationary patterns in such chains emerge due to a balance of coupling energy between neighbouring units. Particularly interesting are the nontrivial stationary states which contain segments of positive and negative slope. This results in a zig-zag pattern, in the case of periodic boundary conditions, and in kink (or anti-kink) solutions in the case of the free boundary conditions. Imposing constraints on the chain, by way of two confining infinitely high walls, has repercussions for the stability of these stationary states. Here, such stationary states, commensurable with the available space between the two walls, are examined in detail, and their respective stability properties are determined analytically by invoking the transfer matrix method. Strikingly, stationary anti-kink solutions and periodic zig-zag states, being unstable in the absence of confining walls, become stable when confining walls are introduced. Furthermore, simulations reveal that chains with randomly generated initial conditions can seek out these patterns, thus localising energy, and persist for considerable time.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Large fluctuations of the nonlinearities in isotropic turbulence.
           Anisotropic filtering analysis
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 11 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): D. Tordella , S. Di Savino , L. Sitzia
      Using a Navier–Stokes isotropic turbulent field numerically simulated in a box with a discretization of 10243 (Biferale et al., 2005), we show that the probability of having a stretching-tilting larger than a few times the local enstrophy is low. By using an anisotropic kind of filter in the Fourier space, where wavenumbers that have at least one component below a threshold or inside a range are removed, we analyze these survival statistics when the large, the small inertial or the small inertial and dissipation scales are filtered out. By considering a flow obtained by randomising the phases of the Fourier modes, and applying our filtering techniques, we identified clearly the properties attributable to turbulence. It can be observed that, in the unfiltered isotropic Navier–Stokes field, the probability of the ratio ( ω ⋅ ∇ U / ω 2 ) being higher than a given threshold is higher than in the fields where the large scales were filtered out. At the same time, it is lower than in the fields were the small inertial and dissipation range of scales is filtered out. This is basically due to the suppression of compact structures in the ranges that have been filtered in different ways. The partial removal of the background of filaments and sheets does not have a first order effect on these statistics. These results are discussed in the light of a hypothesized relation between vortical filaments, sheets and blobs in physical space and in Fourier space. The study in fact can be viewed as a kind of test for this idea and tries to highlight its limits. We conclude that a qualitative relation in physical space and in Fourier space can be supposed to exist for blobs only. That is for the near isotropic structures which are sufficiently described by a single spatial scale and do not suffer from the disambiguation problem as filaments and sheets do. Information is also given on the filtering effect on statistics concerning the inclination of the strain rate tensor eigenvectors with respect to vorticity. In all filtered ranges, eigenvector 2 reduces its alignment, while eigenvector 3 reduces its misalignment. All filters increase the gap between the most extensional eigenvalue 〈 λ 1 〉 and the intermediate one 〈 λ 2 〉 and the gap between this last 〈 λ 2 〉 and the contractile eigenvalue 〈 λ 3 〉 . When the large scales are missing, the modulus of the eigenvalue 1 becomes nearly equal to that of the eigenvalue 3, similarly to the modulus of the associated components of the enstrophy production.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Energy and potential enstrophy flux constraints in quasi-geostrophic
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Eleftherios Gkioulekas
      We investigate an inequality constraining the energy and potential enstrophy flux spectra in two-layer and multi-layer quasi-geostrophic models. Its physical significance is that it can diagnose whether any given multi-layer model that allows co-existing downscale cascades of energy and potential enstrophy can allow the downscale energy flux to become large enough to yield a mixed energy spectrum where the dominant k − 3 scaling is overtaken by a subdominant k − 5 / 3 contribution beyond a transition wavenumber k t situated in the inertial range. The validity of the flux inequality implies that this scaling transition cannot occur within the inertial range, whereas a violation of the flux inequality beyond some wavenumber k t implies the existence of a scaling transition near that wavenumber. This flux inequality holds unconditionally in two-dimensional Navier–Stokes turbulence, however, it is far from obvious that it continues to hold in multi-layer quasi-geostrophic models, because the dissipation rate spectra for energy and potential enstrophy no longer relate in a trivial way, as in two-dimensional Navier–Stokes. We derive the general form of the energy and potential enstrophy dissipation rate spectra for a generalized symmetrically coupled multi-layer model. From this result, we prove that in a symmetrically coupled multi-layer quasi-geostrophic model, where the dissipation terms for each layer consist of the same Fourier-diagonal linear operator applied on the streamfunction field of only the same layer, the flux inequality continues to hold. It follows that a necessary condition to violate the flux inequality is the use of asymmetric dissipation where different operators are used on different layers. We explore dissipation asymmetry further in the context of a two-layer quasi-geostrophic model and derive upper bounds on the asymmetry that will allow the flux inequality to continue to hold. Asymmetry is introduced both via an extrapolated Ekman term, based on a 1980 model by Salmon, and via differential small-scale dissipation. The results given are mathematically rigorous and require no phenomenological assumptions about the inertial range. Sufficient conditions for violating the flux inequality, on the other hand, require phenomenological hypotheses, and will be explored in future work.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • A mechanical counterexample to KAM theory with low regularity
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 13 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Stefano Marò
      We give a mechanical example concerning the fact that some regularity is necessary in KAM theory. We consider the model given by the vertical bouncing motion of a ball on a periodically moving plate. Denoting with f the motion of the plate, some variants of Moser invariant curve theorem apply if f ̇ is small in norm C 5 and every motion has bounded velocity. This is not possible if the function f is only C 1 . Indeed we construct a function f ∈ C 1 with arbitrary small derivative in norm C 0 for which a motion with unbounded velocity exists.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Optical beam shaping and diffraction free waves: A variational approach
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 14 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): John A. Gemmer , Shankar C. Venkataramani , Charles G. Durfee , Jerome V. Moloney
      We investigate the problem of shaping radially symmetric annular beams into desired intensity patterns along the optical axis. Within the Fresnel approximation, we show that this problem can be expressed in a variational form equivalent to the one arising in phase retrieval. Using the uncertainty principle we prove various rigorous lower bounds on the functional; these lower bounds estimate the L 2 error for the beam shaping problem in terms of the design parameters. We also use the method of stationary phase to construct a natural ansatz for a minimizer in the short wavelength limit. We illustrate the implications of our results by applying the method of stationary phase coupled with the Gerchberg-Saxton algorithm to beam shaping problems arising in the remote delivery of beams and pulses.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Exact and approximate solutions for optical solitary waves in nematic
           liquid crystals
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): J.M.L. MacNeil , Noel F. Smyth , Gaetano Assanto
      The equations governing optical solitary waves in nonlinear nematic liquid crystals are investigated in both ( 1 + 1 ) and ( 2 + 1 ) dimensions. An isolated exact solitary wave solution is found in ( 1 + 1 ) dimensions and an isolated, exact, radially symmetric solitary wave solution is found in ( 2 + 1 ) dimensions. These exact solutions are used to elucidate what is meant by a nematic liquid crystal to have a nonlocal response and the full role of this nonlocal response in the stability of ( 2 + 1 ) dimensional solitary waves. General, approximate solitary wave solutions in ( 1 + 1 ) and ( 2 + 1 ) dimensions are found using variational methods and they are found to be in excellent agreement with full numerical solutions. These variational solutions predict that a minimum optical power is required for a solitary wave to exist in ( 2 + 1 ) dimensions, as confirmed by a careful examination of the numerical scheme and its solutions. Finally, nematic liquid crystals subjected to two different external electric fields can support the same solitary wave, exhibiting a new type of bistability.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Crossed nonlocal effects and breakdown of the Onsager symmetry relation in
           a thermodynamic description of thermoelectricity
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 16 June 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): A. Sellitto
      Nonlocal nonlinear effects coupling the heat flux and the electric-current density in an enlarged thermodynamic description of thermoelectric systems are considered. The influence of such terms on the breakdown of the Onsager reciprocity relation between the effective transport coefficients, depending on the electric field and the temperature gradient, is analyzed up to second-order in the thermodynamic forces. The maximum value of the thermoelectric efficiency is derived as a function of the figure-of-merit and of the degree of the Onsager symmetry breaking.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Uniqueness results for co-circular central configurations for power-law
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volumes 280–281
      Author(s): Josep M. Cors , Glen R. Hall , Gareth E. Roberts
      For a class of potential functions including those used for the planar n -body and n -vortex problems, we investigate co-circular central configurations whose center of mass coincides with the center of the circle containing the bodies. Useful equations are derived that completely describe the problem. Using a topological approach, it is shown that for any choice of positive masses (or circulations), if such a central configuration exists, then it is unique. It quickly follows that if the masses are all equal, then the only solution is the regular n -gon. For the planar n -vortex problem and any choice of the vorticities, we show that the only possible co-circular central configuration with center of vorticity at the center of the circle is the regular n -gon with equal vorticities.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Shift in the speed of reaction–diffusion equation with a cut-off:
           Pushed and bistable fronts
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volumes 280–281
      Author(s): R.D. Benguria , M.C. Depassier
      We study the change in the speed of pushed and bistable fronts of the reaction–diffusion equation in the presence of a small cut-off. We give explicit formulas for the shift in the speed for arbitrary reaction terms f ( u ) . The dependence of the speed shift on the cut-off parameter is a function of the front speed and profile in the absence of the cut-off. In order to determine the speed shift we solve the leading order approximation to the front profile u ( z ) in the neighborhood of the leading edge and use a variational principle for the speed. We apply the general formula to the Nagumo equation and recover the results which have been obtained recently by geometric analysis. The formulas given are of general validity and we also apply them to a class of reaction terms which have not been considered elsewhere.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Quasiperiodicity in time evolution of the Bloch vector under the thermal
           Jaynes–Cummings model
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volumes 280–281
      Author(s): Hiroo Azuma , Masashi Ban
      We study a quasiperiodic structure in the time evolution of the Bloch vector, whose dynamics is governed by the thermal Jaynes–Cummings model (JCM). Putting the two-level atom into a certain pure state and the cavity field into a mixed state in thermal equilibrium at initial time, we let the whole system evolve according to the JCM Hamiltonian. During this time evolution, motion of the Bloch vector seems to be in disorder. Because of the thermal photon distribution, both a norm and a direction of the Bloch vector change hard at random. In this paper, taking a different viewpoint compared with ones that we have been used to, we investigate quasiperiodicity of the Bloch vector’s trajectories. Introducing the concept of the quasiperiodic motion, we can explain the confused behaviour of the system as an intermediate state between periodic and chaotic motions. More specifically, we discuss the following two facts: (1) If we adjust the time interval Δ t properly, figures consisting of plotted dots at the constant time interval acquire scale invariance under replacement of Δ t by s Δ t , where s ( > 1 ) is an arbitrary real but not transcendental number. (2) We can compute values of the time variable t , which let S z ( t ) (the absolute value of the z -component of the Bloch vector) be very small, with the Diophantine approximation (a rational approximation of an irrational number).

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: 1 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volumes 280–281

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  • An ODE for boundary layer separation on a sphere and a hyperbolic space
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282
      Author(s): Chi Hin Chan , Magdalena Czubak , Tsuyoshi Yoneda
      Ma and Wang derived an equation linking the separation location and times for the boundary layer separation of incompressible fluid flows. The equation gave a necessary condition for the separation (bifurcation) point. The purpose of this paper is to generalize the equation to other geometries, and to phrase it as a simple ODE. Moreover we consider the Navier–Stokes equation with the Coriolis effect, which is related to the presence of trade winds on Earth.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Role of non-ideality for the ion transport in porous media: Derivation of
           the macroscopic equations using upscaling
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282
      Author(s): Grégoire Allaire , Robert Brizzi , Jean-François Dufrêche , Andro Mikelić , Andrey Piatnitski
      This paper is devoted to the homogenization (or upscaling) of a system of partial differential equations describing the non-ideal transport of a N -component electrolyte in a dilute Newtonian solvent through a rigid porous medium. Realistic non-ideal effects are taken into account by an approach based on the mean spherical approximation (MSA) model which takes into account finite size ions and screening effects. We first consider equilibrium solutions in the absence of external forces. In such a case, the velocity and diffusive fluxes vanish and the equilibrium electrostatic potential is the solution of a variant of the Poisson–Boltzmann equation coupled with algebraic equations. Contrary to the ideal case, this nonlinear equation has no monotone structure. However, based on invariant region estimates for the Poisson–Boltzmann equation and for small characteristic value of the solute packing fraction, we prove existence of at least one solution. To our knowledge this existence result is new at this level of generality. When the motion is governed by a small static electric field and a small hydrodynamic force, we generalize O’Brien’s argument to deduce a linearized model. Our second main result is the rigorous homogenization of these linearized equations and the proof that the effective tensor satisfies Onsager properties, namely is symmetric positive definite. We eventually make numerical comparisons with the ideal case. Our numerical results show that the MSA model confirms qualitatively the conclusions obtained using the ideal model but there are quantitative differences arising that can be important at high charge or high concentrations.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Aperiodic dynamics in a deterministic adaptive network model of attitude
           formation in social groups
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282
      Author(s): Jonathan A. Ward , Peter Grindrod
      Adaptive network models, in which node states and network topology coevolve, arise naturally in models of social dynamics that incorporate homophily and social influence. Homophily relates the similarity between pairs of nodes’ states to their network coupling strength, whilst social influence causes coupled nodes’ states to convergence. In this paper we propose a deterministic adaptive network model of attitude formation in social groups that includes these effects, and in which the attitudinal dynamics are represented by an activator–inhibitor process. We illustrate that consensus, corresponding to all nodes adopting the same attitudinal state and being fully connected, may destabilise via Turing instability, giving rise to aperiodic dynamics with sensitive dependence on initial conditions. These aperiodic dynamics correspond to the formation and dissolution of sub-groups that adopt contrasting attitudes. We discuss our findings in the context of cultural polarisation phenomena.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Discrete set of kink velocities in Josephson structures: The nonlocal
           double sine–Gordon model
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282
      Author(s): G.L. Alfimov , A.S. Malishevskii , E.V. Medvedeva
      We study a model of Josephson layered structure which is characterized by two peculiarities: (i) superconducting layers are thin; (ii) the current–phase relation is non-sinusoidal and is described by two sine harmonics. The governing equation is a nonlocal generalization of double sine–Gordon (NDSG) equation. We argue that the dynamics of fluxons in the NDSG model is unusual. Specifically, we show that there exists a set of particular constant velocities (called “sliding” velocities) for non-radiating stationary fluxon propagation. In dynamics, the presence of this set results in quantization of fluxon velocities: in numerical experiments a traveling kink-like excitation radiates energy and slows down to one of these particular constant velocities, taking the shape of predicted 2 π -kink. We conjecture that the set of these stationary velocities is infinite and present an asymptotic formula for them.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Editorial Board
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Periodic solutions of gene networks with steep sigmoidal regulatory
    • Abstract: Publication date: 15 July 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena, Volume 282
      Author(s): Roderick Edwards , Liliana Ironi
      We address the question of existence and stability of periodic solutions in gene regulatory networks. The threshold-dependent network dynamics divides the phase space into domains and a qualitative description can be derived, specifying which transitions between domains can occur. Any periodic solution must follow a cyclic sequence of domains, but the problem of determining when such a cyclic sequence of domains contains a periodic solution, and when it is stable, has not been completely resolved, though results have been obtained before for restricted classes of networks. Here, we develop a method by which existence or non-existence of such solutions can be demonstrated analytically in any given example of a general class of gene networks with steep sigmoidal interactions, under the assumption that any gene product that regulates multiple other genes does so at distinct thresholds. Our method determines qualitative stability, but we also give a procedure that, where applicable, allows determination of quantitative stability of a periodic solution. This complements the previous development of a local analysis method for this class of systems, which allows computation of trajectories through any sequence of domains. Together the previous and current work form the basis for rigorous computer-aided assessment of qualitative dynamics of a very general class of gene network models. The ability to handle periodic solutions will also increase the applicability of such a computational tool to the design of synthetic networks.

      PubDate: 2014-06-18T15:10:07Z
  • Solution of the Fokker–Planck equation in a wind turbine array
           boundary layer
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 19 April 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Matthew.S. Melius , Murat Tutkun , Raúl Bayoán Cal
      Hot-wire velocity signals from a model wind turbine array boundary layer flow wind tunnel experiment are analyzed. In confirming Markovian properties, a description of the evolution of the probability density function of velocity increments via a Fokker–Planck equation is attained. A Fokker–Planck equation is possible due to the direct computation of the drift and diffusion coefficients from the experimental measurement data which were acquired within the turbine canopy. A good agreement is observed in the probability density functions between the experimental data and numerical solutions resulting from the Fokker–Planck equation, especially in the far-wake region. The results serve as a tool for improved estimation of wind velocity within the array and provide evidence that the evolution of such complex and turbulent flow is also governed by a Fokker–Planck equation at certain scales.

      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:46:58Z
  • Painlevé IV: A numerical study of the fundamental domain and beyond
    • Abstract: Publication date: Available online 24 April 2014
      Source:Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena
      Author(s): Jonah A. Reeger , Bengt Fornberg
      The six Painlevé equations were introduced over a century ago, motivated by rather theoretical considerations. Over the last several decades, these equations and their solutions, known as the Painlevé transcendents, have been found to play an increasingly central role in numerous areas of mathematical physics. Due to extensive dense pole fields in the complex plane, their numerical evaluation remained challenging until the recent introduction of a fast ‘pole field solver’ (Fornberg and Weideman (2011)). The fourth Painlevé equation has two free parameters in its coefficients, as well as two free initial conditions. After summarizing key analytical results for P IV , the present study applies this new computational tool to the fundamental domain and a surrounding region of the parameter space. We confirm existing analytic and asymptotic knowledge about the equation, and also explore solution regimes which have not been described in the previous literature.

      PubDate: 2014-04-29T06:46:58Z
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